Artfully planning for the future
A day of events, which included artistic endeavours in Boston Stump, has looked beyond the past few years' arts engagement by Transported to shift attention towards future sustainability.
Transported, the Boston and South Holland arts organisation, has been funded by the Arts Council's Creative People and Places programme since its inception in 2013. It has worked alongside Boston Borough Council to bring a varied programme of artistic, community and health-based arts events to the borough.
Transported's ten-year vision has been supported by six years of investment from the Arts Council's CPP fund.
Invited guests from Boston and South Holland met with Arts Council England's Chief Executive Darren Henley for the Cultivating Our Future In Common day.
Ways of working together in the future were explored and examples of the high-quality artistic works and activities were on show. Delegates also heard from the communities, participants, artists and organisations which collaborated to create them.
Councillors, artists and arts organisations, business community and economic development partners, voluntary and community organisations, and the University of Lincoln, explored the need to identify new forms of investment for rural arts and culture.
This year will see the Arts Council CPP-funded programme continue (although capacity is reduced), but the project directors will place more emphasis on encouraging, supporting and empowering local stakeholders across the public, business and community sectors to increasingly take the lead, growing local infrastructure, securing new investment and building a sustainable future for arts engagement in Boston and South Holland.
Cllr Claire Rylott, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for leisure services and the arts, borough council leader Cllr Michael Cooper, chief executive Phil Drury, head of leisure, events and culture Phil Perry, the council's strategy and partnerships manager Ian Farmer, Rachel Kirby of Boston Big Local, Jo Maher, principal of Boston College, Rebecca Clark, the college's external funding manager, attended along with representatives from South Holland District Council, Lincolnshire County Council, creative and arts organisations and business representatives.
Phil Drury said: "We want to build on current successes of taking art and culture to people wherever possible and are hopeful that continued and improved engagement can only be good in supporting and collaborating wider economic development, tourism and heritage links and opportunities."
Nick Jones, Transported's programme director, said: "The day was a tremendous endorsement of the work we have been doing together and it was really encouraging to get Darren's support and to be encouraged to be ambitious in our plans for the future."
A choir entertains in Boston Stump, singing a piece Transported has commissioned for the Mayflower 400 celebrations.
Gravity defied: An aerial dance display in the Stump, showcasing Transported projects which have been undertaken in Boston borough and South Holland.